As people grow older, they often have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, and tend to awaken too early in the morning. In individuals with Alzheimer's disease, this common and troubling symptom of ageing tends to be especially pronounced, often leading to nighttime confusion and wandering.
The stress of caring for a family member with dementia may take a toll on health over time, but a new study from Montefiore Medical Center in New York suggests that even one day off can shift caregivers’ stress levels back toward normal. Read more here.
The University of Kent is offering a PhD opportunity to work on one of the work packages in the ESRC/MRC funded research programme on Uncertain Futures: Managing Late Career Transitions and Extended Working Life. The programme involves a consortium of research colleagues from 7 Universities, the Institute of Occupational Medicine and the International Longevity Centre UK. The post holder will work with other colleagues at Kent, Edinburgh, Bath, Manchester and Leeds on Work Package 3: Workplace case studies.
The popular narrative that getting old is not just bad news on a personal level but also putting the economy at risk is doing us all a great disservice, leading thinkers told a recent forum. Read more here.
Professor Des O’Neill, Professor of Medical Gerontology, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin and Consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine, Tallaght Hospital, is the first researcher in ageing in Ireland to be awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). The GSA is the largest and oldest scientific society dedicated to ageing in the world, and Fellowship is considered to be an indicator of major contribution to the field of gerontology.
Older adults who practiced hatha yoga for three days a week over the course of eight weeks improved their cognitive performance on tasks related to daily life, a new study reports. The findings suggest exercise alone may not offer sedentary adults the maximum health benefits. Read more here.
One of exercise's great appeals to many people is that it can temporarily boost mood. According to new research, repeating this temporary boost on a regular basis might help older people lessen or avoid depressive symptoms.
The Minister for Primary and Social Care (ROI), Kathleen Lynch TD, today (14 August) welcomed confirmation that The Atlantic Philanthropies will make grants of €14.7m available to improve the care and wellbeing of people living with dementia in Ireland.
Loneliness is a complex issue but one that has a big impact on the lives of those who experience it, especially older people. A recent research study from the University of Chicago found that the loneliest people were nearly twice as likely to die during their six-year study than the least lonely older people. In this blog CARDI invited Anne Dempsey, Head of Information at Third Age to write about this issue, how it impacts older people and some of the initiatives being taken by her organisation to combat loneliness: